Funding Sources

Seeking Funding Sources

Office of Sponsored Programs: The OSP maintains information on different sponsoring agencies, both federal and non-federal. A visit or a call to the OSP is an important first step in the process of seeking funds. If you notify the OSP of your interest in particular programs and research specialty, notices of funding opportunities will be electronically sent to you as they are identified.

Colleagues/Professional Organizations/Personal Contacts: Conversations with colleagues may provide helpful information concerning funding agencies and their current funding priorities. Also, direct dialogue with the staff of various sponsor agencies may yield the same information. Faculty are encouraged to visit program directors and communicate via telephone or e-mail

Fund seekers are encouraged to consult the numerous references on funding sources, including on-line resources and those available in print.

Reference Works

Commerce Business Daily

This resource lists U.S. Government contract awards, sales of surplus property and procurement invitations. It is available on line at


As described on its web site, “the Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects is a major biomedical database system containing information on research projects and programs supported by the Department of Health and Human Services. Most of the research falls within the broad category of extramural projects, grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements conducted primarily by universities, hospitals, and other research institutions; and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies. A relatively small number of research grants are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). CRISP also contains information on the intramural programs of the NIH and the FDA.” It can be found at

Federal Register

This resource publicizes regulations and legal notices issued by federal agencies. It includes announcements of grant availability as well as proposed and final issuances of administrative regulations. The OSP also maintains a subscription to the Federal Register. Online access is available at

The Foundation Directory

This resource book describes non-federal, non-profit foundations, which make grants annually. It is available in the Public Library. 

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

This weekly publication announces new NIH programs and deadlines, publicizes requests for proposals, and describes changes in guidelines. It is available only on line. It can be found at

NSF e-Bulletin

This electronic publication provides information about NSF programs, deadline dates, meetings and conferences and sources of other information. One may have information sent via e-mail. This site is located at

NSF Documents Online

This resource gives updated summaries of NSF funding opportunities, points of contact, and policies and procedures. The home web address is A summary of current awards and other general information about the NSF is found at the web address

Corporate Giving Directory

This resource is a reference book that gives profiles of various corporate giving programs, including a sample of the types of projects funded. Individuals will become knowledgeable about areas of major concern that certain corporations generally support. It is available in the OSP.

Foundation Reporter

This resource is a reference book that gives profiles of various foundations, including a sample of the types of projects funded. Individuals will become knowledgeable about areas of major concern that certain foundations generally support. It is available in the OSP.


This site lists funding opportunities from a variety of Federal agencies. The Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NASA Agency for International Development, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Cancer Institute provide information that may be of interest to researchers. The site is located at

U.S. Opportunity Alert

The OSP subscribes to this service which provides notices of opportunities from certain agencies, i.e., those that are not available through other services. Informing staff members of the OSP of your research and programmatic interests will allow them to receive relevant announcements, which will then be forwarded to you.

The Foundation Center

As described on the website, “The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956. The Center’s mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. The resources available through this organization can be found at

A list of twenty-five foundations is available in Appendix B. It provides the address, telephone number and web site address, if known.